The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body; this includes your reproductive system. Every day we are exposed to a vast array of stressors, whether they are physical, chemical or emotional, which your body absorbs and adapts accordingly to changes in your environment.
Daily activities, stress, past injuries and lifestyle factors can impact the nervous system and its ability to send messages to and from the brain to the body. This nerve interference also affects the part(s) of the body directly receiving messages from that nerve; in this instance, your reproductive system. Due to the body’s incredible ability to compensate, it may go undetected for long periods of time; years in fact.
When our spines are in normal alignment and moving correctly it allows our nervous system to function optimally so that it can coordinate all of the body’s different needs and requirements at any given moment.
Pregnancy & Birth
Conception, pregnancy and birth are all normal physiological processes that encompass the creation of new life. From its beginnings as two cells, through the myriad of development and growth that occurs during the pregnancy and the extraordinary journey of birth, when you consider the intricacies and complexities of this entire experience; it truly is a miracle.
A women’s body, perfectly designed for pregnancy and birth, undergoes an amazing transformation throughout the course of pregnancy. Notably, the main support structures; the spine and pelvis, adapt and change to compensate for the growing baby.
The compensations to your spine and pelvis during pregnancy may create an imbalance to your pelvic muscles and ligaments. Specific ligaments in your pelvis support the growing uterus. When the bones of your pelvis are in correct alignment, the uterus is able to enlarge symmetrically in unison with the growing baby. If the pelvic bones are out of alignment, the way the uterus will be supported is also directly affected. Imbalanced ligament support of the uterus may create intrauterine constraint; a torque in the uterus reducing the maximum amount of room for the developing baby.
Correct pelvic alignment enables the pelvic muscles and ligaments to function symmetrically, which allows for maximum space in the uterus for the baby not only to complete his/ her growth and development, but also to get into an optimal fetal position in readiness for their birth.
As you embark on your labour, having your baby in an optimal position to begin the birthing process is significant. A fetal position whereby the head is down and engaged in the pelvis, well flexed with the baby’s back facing the front of your abdomen is an ideal way to start labour.
“Birth is an everyday event, yet each birth is an event extraordinary” Dr Janelle
While it is normal for the baby to endure some compression of the torso (this helps to remove any fluid in the lungs in preparation for breathing in air) and moulding of the cranial (skull) bones to navigate the birth canal, the birth process, even under the most optimal conditions may cause misalignment (subluxations) to the spine.
The birth of your baby is a phenomenal physiological experience for both you and your baby, having a spinal check as soon as practicable following the birth will help determine how well your nervous system is operating so that your body can function optimally through your postnatal recovery, establishment of breastfeeding and settling into your role as a new mum.
Newborns and infants may also require chiropractic care.
A thorough assessment is required to determine if your baby is an appropriate candidate for chiropractic care.